Counterpart Art Exhibit through October 15!

Date: September 5–October 15, 2022

Location: Palmetto Center for the Arts

  • Northwest Vista College, Featured, Arts & Culture


September 5 - October 15, 2022
Palmetto Center for the Arts Gallery

Artists, colleagues, collaborators and friends, Sarah T. Roberts and Jillian Sortore connect to create work for this exhibition, Counterpart. As trained metalsmiths both artists place emphasis on detailed processes, the portability and intimacy of jewelry, and how wearable objects relate to the body. Approaching their work through a metalsmithing lens provides the link between these two artists, while the materials they use vary from steel, wood, copper, colored pencil, paint, and thread. Sarah and Jillian utilize their similar backgrounds in jewelry to create two new bodies of work in sculpture, wearable objects, collage, and mixed media drawings. Additionally, intersecting themes of femineity, vulnerability, and identity unite these two artists’ work.


- Sarah T. Roberts - Tuesday, September 20 / 11AM / PCA Gallery
- Jillian Sortore - Thursday, September 22 / 1PM /  via Zoom (Meeting ID 990 4324 4883)

Sarah uses sculpture, drawing, and installation to examine themes of identity, memory, loss, and perception. Feminine forms connected to her childhood are fetishized through the transformation of patterns of lace, or clusters of flowers into intimate objects and spaces. This repetitive manipulation of the “fetishistic” object uncovers a fascination with contradictory concepts, which allows both fact and fantasy, acceptance and denial to exist side by side. Consistently her works examine what lies within and between the boundaries of masculine and feminine, and isolation and intimacy.

Jillian creates wearable and sculptural objects from wood and metal exploring avian characteristics, instincts, and sexual dimorphism as a metaphor for human relationships. For this exhibition Jillian will create a series of brooches that represent the vulnerable moments in our lives and the moments that are often forgotten in the form of amulets. In this ongoing series she creates wearable and sculptural pieces that reference both decorative and cryptically colored plumes. By investigating the dichotomy of male and female plumage, behaviors, and display, these pieces acknowledge emotions of attraction, cognizance, and vulnerability.

Presented by Northwest Vista College Fine Art
Sponsored by the Student Activity Fee